Emerging triumphantly from where his debut signed off, The Born-Again Humanist shows a ‘re-born’ artist expressing new and developed ideas and values. ‘Born-Again’ not in the traditional religious sense, but in fact the contrary, with evolution and humanism being the underlying theme throughout. Mr. Ruckman presents lyrics of a profound nature and skilful caliber, complimenting the raw production of local musicians to acclaimed hip-hop producers Simplex and Jacob Giles.
From writing eloquently on controversial subjects to exploring human nature, Mr. Ruckman breaks free of conventional hip-hop topics and speaks on the importance of knowledge, freedom of speech, secularism, reason and forward thinking.
The Born-Again Humanist includes his circulating singles Adam & Eve; a rock-infused comedic number fuelled by a dynamic live band, and Mammoth; a sharp-tongued, double-time doozy with a monster backing by Austrian-born producer Jacob Giles. Both singles are available on iTunes with Mammoth seeing airplay on Triple J.
The record also features a unique hip-hop re-working of Crucify Your Mind by underground folk legend Rodriguez, featured in the recent award-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man. Sampled and co-produced by Mr. Ruckman himself, the song has re-invented a cult classic and seen praise from die-hard Rodriguez fans.
"Rap and hip-hop originated from anger and boy is Mr Ruckman angry. At the outset he may sound like your standard Aussie hip-hop act but once he starts flowing, railing at sexism, hypocrisy and religion, you realize this self-confessed “dark poet” is anything but. It’s his subject matter that really sets him apart, making a plethora of obscure literary and cultural references and spitting out emotive lyrics you’d expect to come out of the mouth of a singer-songwriter or folk singer."
- Joshua Manning (BackYardOpera.com
“This is really razor sharp stuff - you're really cleverly getting your ideas across and in style no less. Rounding that out with some huge hooks. I'm sounding like Seal or something but hey! I'm on board.”
Steph Hughes – Triple J